Wim de Vries
Wim de Vries was born in Dieren (NL). Wim’s parents loved good music and inspired him in the decision to become one of the greatest drummers of today. His mother is a fanatic choir singer and his father is a piano player and a great fan of the jazz music of Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner etc. Because his brother joined a marchingband Wim also wanted to play in a marchingband. He started playing snaredrum and after a while he also played trumpet. In this period he won several individual snaredrum contests. As a teenager he joined his father’s band on drums and played on parties and weddings. Wim played in the big band of the musicschool and formed his own band with his cousin, called “2000 Miles”.
At the age of 16, the passion to become a drummer became so big that Wim decided to study at the Arnhem Conservatory. Young as he was then, it was during this period that he formed a trio with pianist Marcus Schinkel and bassist Bas Rietmeijer: The Marcus Schinkel Trio. They recorded two cd’s and still play together. During his period at the Conservatory, Wim was the drummer of a well known trio: The Arnhem Jazz trio.
Together with his buddy Johan van der Kouwe (the piano player of the Arnhem Jazz trio), Wim went to Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) on scholarship of the VSB Foundation.
While still being a student it became clear that Wim had a great gift for being a drummer. He toured and recorded worldwide with bands like Oostenwind, JazzFactor and even with the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. In this period he started to play solo clinics/concerts for Sonor and Paist.
From 1999-2005 Wim had a job in several Musical theatre Productions in Holland. Based on the the experience to play almost everyday in productions, Wim decided in 2005 to pursue his own musical career instead of being “only” a side-man. He formed a duo with Drummer Rene Creemers, famous The Drumbassadors. They hold clinics and concerts all over the world.
Wim de Vries was a guest on nearly all important drummermeetings and festivals where he played with drummers like: Steve Gadd, Virgil Donati,Steve Smith, Will Kennedy etc.
A few nice recordings of Wim de Vries:
- The A.J.T. (The Arnhem Jazz Trio)
- Marcus Schinkel Band – The first of a million tones
- Oostenwind – Stratusphunk
- The JazzFactor – Flying
- Wim de Vries – Groovability to swing
- Chicago The Musical
- Saturday Night Fever
- 3 Musketiers
- DVD Drumbassadors – Volume I
- DVD Drumbassadors Live in New York (Modern Drummer Festival 2003)
- DVD Ultimate Drummer Weekend Melbourne (Australia)